Ron Howard clearly is a fan of music’s greats, having done his acclaimed “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years” documentary about the Beatles several years ago ... and more recently turning his attention to an opera legend by directing this fine profile. Of course, a wealth of performance footage is included as the story of Luciano Pavarotti’s life and career is recounted, but the result also incorporates previously unseen footage. It also features comments by such friends and associates as Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo – who teamed with Pavarotti on the celebrated Three Tenors initiative – as well as Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Spike Lee, Bono and Stevie Wonder. DVD extras: three “making-of” documentaries.
★★★ (PG-13: P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)